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Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense.

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My loathings are simple stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.

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Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.

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No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has.

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You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.

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I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.

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Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.

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Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.

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A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.

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The tiny madman in his padded cell.

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The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.

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Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

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Some people, and I am one of them, hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm.

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A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.

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Caress the detail, the divine detail.

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